Douglas H. Cook

Douglas H. Cook

Regent University School of Law
1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
(757) 352-4331


Professor, tenured, Regent University School of Law, 1998-present

(Associate Professor, tenured, 1992-1998)
(Assistant Professor, 1987-1992)

Courses taught: Torts, Insurance, Health Care Law, Nonprofit Tax-exempt Organizations, Legal Writing, Advanced Torts seminars, Secured Transactions, Professional Responsibility

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Regent, 1999-present

Responsibilities: Supervision, evaluation, and development of full-time and adjunct faculty, curriculum design and course scheduling, academic policy development and implementation

Director, Academic Assistance Program, Regent, 1999-2001

Director, Legal Writing Program, Regent, 1988-1993

Chair, Academic Policies Committee, Regent, 1994-2002

(I have also chaired the Curriculum Committee, the Promotion and Tenure Committee, and the Faculty Appointments Committee)

Chair, Regent Law Dean Screening Committee, 1999-2000

Adjunct Professor, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary, 1995 (teaching Exempt Organizations in the LL.M program)

Interim Associate Dean for Academics, Regent University Collge of Arts & Sciences, 2004-2005

Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Regent University, 2008.


JD (with honors), The Ohio State University College of Law, 1983 

Managing Editor, Ohio State Law Journal, 1982-1983
B.A. (Magna cum laude) Miami University,
Oxford, Ohio, 1978 (English, Economics)
(Phi Beta Kappa, National Merit Scholar)

Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, 1975-1976

Practice Experience

Of Counsel, Davis Law Group, P.C., Chesapeake, Virginia, 1995-present (Practice limited to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations)

Attorney, Law Offices of Mitchell C. Laird, P.C., Phoenix, Arizona, 1985-1987 (General civil litigation practice)

Attorney, Jennings, Strouss and Salmon, Phoenix, Arizona, 1984-1985 (General civil litigation practice)

Professional Memberships               

Admitted to Arizona State Bar, 1984; District of Columbia bar, 1994; Virginia State Bar, 1995

American Bar Association


A Faith-Based Perspective on Tort Causation, 16 St. Thomas L. Rev. 455 (2004)

The Politically-Active Church, 35 Loyola-Chicago L. J. 457 (2004)

Sir William Blackstone:  A Life and Legacy Set Apart for God’s Work, 13 Regent U. L. Rev. 169 (2000)

Cases and Materials on Nonprofit, Tax-Exempt Organizations, Lupus Publications Ltd., 1992 (Second Edition 1999)

A Day in the Life of the Tort Law, 49 Maine L. Rev. 111 (1997)

Does a Minister Have Legal Rights?  Pulpit Digest, July/August
1997, at 81 (co-authored with Carroll D. Stevens)

Personal Responsibility and the Law of Torts, 45 American Univ. L. Rev. 1245 (1996).

Can the Car Battery be Charged?  Intentional Torts Under Automobile No-Fault Statutes, 12 Cooley L. Rev. 163 (1995).

How I Spent My Sabbatical, or, What Happens When a Torts Professor is a Juror in a Negligence Case, 14 Rev. Litig. 219 (1994), reprinted in 44 Defense Law Journal 707 (1995).

Negligence or Strict Liability?  A Study in Biblical Tort Law, 13 Whittier Law Review I (1992).

Case Comment, Tort Liability for Cult Deprogramming: Peterson v. Sorlien, 43 Ohio St. L. J. 465 (1982).


  • Tort Law
  • Nonprofit/Charitable Organizations
  • Tax Exemption
  • Insurance Law